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Work: La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake)

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ComposerRossini, Gioachino (1792-1868)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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ZürichLa donna del lago (konzertant)

La donna del lago (konzertant)
Rossini: La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake)
Antonino Fogliani; Zurich Opera; Edgardo Rocha; Karine Deshayes; Vivica Genaux; Sergey Romanovsky
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Damp squibs prevent ETO's Rossini: Fireworks! from taking off

Elena Xanthoudakis © William Knight
ETO's extracts from Rossini's serious operas at the Hackney Empire lacked spark and dynamism, but saw a fine showing from Elena Xanthoudakis and Catherine Carby.
***11
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Cecilia Bartoli debuts La donna del lago at the Whitsun Salzburg Festival

Reinaldo Macias (Serano), Cecilia Bartoli (Elena), Vivica Genaux (Malcolm) and Salzburger Bachchor © Marco Borrelli
Bartoli shines in another Rossini role supported by an uneven cast.
**111
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Bel canto virtuosity, but a retrogressive La donna del lago

Despite starry bel canto experts such as Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee and maestro Michele Mariotti, a 2013 Paul Curran staging of Rossini’s La donna del lago reads vacuous on The Metropolitan Opera stage.
**111
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A fine-sounding La donna del lago at The Met

A menacing rather than a bucolic setting for The Met's new production of La donna del lago, but the proof is in the singing... 
****1
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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Scottish Opera

Scottish Opera Orchestra and Royal Conservatiore of Scotland showcase singers trained and training in Scotland, tackling repertoire influenced by Sir Walter Scott.
****1
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